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Thankful for summer

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I am thoroughly enjoying my summer break. While currently in Texas visiting family, it is so nice to basically have free time - all the time. I’ve come to realize that the reason summer is so magnificent is because we’re able to do the activities we couldn’t otherwise do during the semester. 
For example, this summer, I’ve been able to catch up on my “fun” reading. I’ve read about the Dickie Scruggs incident in Kings of Tort, and now, I’m working on a Presidential book called, The President’s Club. I hope to get to Suze Orman’s Money Book for the Young, Fabulous, and Broke (because we all know just how fabulous I am). I love reading during the school year, and thankfully, my major allows me to read some pretty interesting works. However, in the summer, my reading isn’t required, and I get to make the selections. It’s so relaxing to read something mindlessly, purely for entertainment, knowing that you don’t have to memorize or learn it and you won’t be tested on it later. 
Another “different” activity of the summer is working. Personally, I love working, going into an office everyday, and all that comes with it. I’m unable to work during the semester due to extra-curricular activities and school work. So, it’s only fitting that I love working in the summer…especially when it doesn’t involve homework. For those of you interning this summer, I hope you’re having as much fun as I am! 
This summer, I’ve also enjoyed traveling more. During the semester, my travels are pretty limited to Memphis, Tupelo, Natchez (my hometown), or a friend’s hometown. And, very rarely do I get to travel for longer than a weekend. This summer, I’ve visited San Antonio, Texas, and I have plans to visit Orlando, Florida and Athens, Georgia. Now, this certainly isn’t as great as some of my friends who are studying abroad in South Africa, South Korea, Germany, and the like; however, I’m content with my summer travels.
For those of you reading this and thinking, “shut up Adam, I’m having to take summer classes,” Don’t worry, I put my time in, too. I took a class in June and worked with orientation. Even summer classes are better than the normal semester classes. They’re much more relaxed, and you get the work done in hardly no time. If trying to finish that one class you’re dreading, summer is definitely the right time for you. Plus, you still have a couple of weeks’ vacation before the fall semester starts.
Here’s to hoping everyone is having an enjoyable summer! See everyone in the Fall…Hotty Toddy!
Adam Blackwell is a junior public policy leadership major from Natchez. Follow him on Twitter @AdamBlackwell1.